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Small local businesses take flight at BWI Marshall


Fraport USA announced the expansion of LaunchPad, an innovative program that gives local startups and small business owners a unique opportunity to participate in the dynamic retail program at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. The first LaunchPad businesses opened at BWI Marshall Airport in 2017 with merchandise ranging from accessories, hair and beauty products to herbal teas and women’s fashions. Two retailers are entering a second year at the airport. Their success has fueled the expansion of the program.

This year, two or more new local entrepreneurs or small business owners will be invited to participate. Following an application process, the selected retailers will receive 12-month leases for a kiosk along one of the airport’s busiest concourses. They will also receive additional resources, training, and sales and marketing support. Developed by Fraport Maryland and The Maryland Aviation Administration, LaunchPad is also supported by The Greater Baltimore Urban League’s Entrepreneurial Program.

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